- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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A handful of links from Indianapolis leading into Sunday's game between the visiting Colts and Patriots:
1. Manning upbeat. Quarterback Peyton Manning met with reporters Friday and said he's looking forward to the next phase of his rehab, Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star writes.
2. No Luck/Manning combination. Columnist Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star writes on why it's not a good idea to have Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning on the same Colts team in 2012.
3. Brown more than just average. Running back Donald Brown's 4.7 average per rush is the topic that leads off Phil Richards' Colts notebook in the Indianapolis Star.
4. Orlovsky ready for his chance. Quarterback Dan Orlovsky is "excited about the opportunity" to start Sunday for the Colts, Tom James writes inthe Terre Haute Tribune-Star.
5. Gronkowski a matchup nightmare. Phillip Wilson of the Indianapolis Star writes on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and how his size and athleticism creates problems for defenses.